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Session 2005-06         27 October 2005 THE SEWEL CONVENTION:  THE WESTMINSTER PERSPECTIVE

Session 2005-06         27 October 2005 THE SEWEL CONVENTION:  THE WESTMINSTER PERSPECTIVE


The Scottish Affairs Committee has agreed to hold an inquiry into The Sewel Convention: the Westminster perspective. The Committee will not be inquiring into Sewel Motions per se, but rather how Members of Parliament can be better made aware that a particular Bill before the House of Commons has been subject to a Sewel Motion in the Scottish Parliament - for example, perhaps by a more formal communication between Holyrood and Westminster - and how such Motions are scrutinised at Westminster.

During the inquiry, the Committee will also consider the possible changes to Westminster procedures promulgated by the Procedures Committee of the Scottish Parliament in its recent report on The Sewel Convention.

The Committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on the inquiry by 9 January 2006.   The Committee will be arranging a series of public oral evidence sessions, and details of these will be announced in due course.

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to  The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address.  The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of the inquiry.  They should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 6 sides of A4.  Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include an executive summary.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries.  If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so.  If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this.  Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission.  You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere.  Once evidence is submitted, no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

Note to Editors:

The report from the Procedures Committee of the Scottish Parliament is available at: